Monday, August 21, 2017

Elon Musk urges UN to ban artificially intelligent killer robots

The same man who brought you PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX is now urging the UN — along with 115 other experts in robotics — to ban the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in managing weaponry. Elon Musk, in addition to technology leaders including Mustafa Suleyman of Google, believe “killer robot” technology is “morally wrong” and a potential threat to humanity. As a result, they are requesting it be outlawed. By banning “lethal autonomous” technology, the group hopes to prevent “a...

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Massive new data center to be built in chilly Norway to offset energy use

The world's largest data center is set to be built in northern Norway, and will be completely reliant on renewable energy sources. American-Norwegian data company Kolos has partnered with architecture design firm HDR to finance and design the center which will utilize the cold climate and low humidity to meet its cooling demands. Data centers require huge amounts of power due to their cooling demands. What better place for such a facility than a fjord that sits within the Arctic Circle....

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NASA map shows how climate change has set the world on fire

Portugal, Canada, and even Siberia have seen devastating wildfires this summer - with some people beginning to wonder if climate change will make such destructive fires normal. Maps with data from NASA's Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) show a world filled with red. National Center for Atmospheric Research scientist Kevin Trenberth told DW, "A lot of these things are happening locally, but people don't always connect them to climate change. But there is a real climate change...

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Mercedes-Benz unveils stunning art deco-inspired electric car

Mercedes-Benz decided to go back to the 1930s for its latest concept car, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 cabriolet concept. With its imposing grille and long sensuous curves, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 cabriolet brings is an art deco-inspired car, but with a 21st century powertrain - four electric motors. At 20 feet long, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 cabriolet is over five feet longer than the Nissan Leaf. At the front there's a grille that's inspired by a pinstripe suit, while as you...

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Oldest ice core ever dated reveals hidden clues to ancient Earth's atmosphere

Ice cores hold the secrets of what our planet was like millions of years ago, in bubbles preserving greenhouse gases from that time. A Princeton University-led team just revealed the date of what is now the oldest ice core we've ever dated, and it's 2.7 million years old. Beating the previous record by around 1.7 million years, the ice core could potentially help scientists determine what set off the ice ages. Related: Via Science Images via

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Self-taught designer builds a secret studio under a bridge in Valencia

Self-taught designer Fernando Abellanas built his studio in a very unusual space– into the underside of a traffic bridge in Valencia, Spain. This tiny moveable workspace has everything he needs, including shelves, chair and a desk that's been bolted into the concrete wall of the bridge. The designer built the workspace himself. He installed a hand crank and rails, along which the metal base can move from one side of the bridge to the other. From this hidden space, he can hear and see what happens...

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Volkswagen confirms when the Microbus is coming back as an EV

For years Volkswagen has teased us with the idea of bringing back the much loved, iconic VW Microbus. Most recently, VW unveiled the I.D. Buzz concept car earlier this year, which applied the styling of a Microbus, but with a fully electric powertrain. After several rumors and reports, VW has confirmed that the Microbus will officially return in 2022.

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Village-inspired office in Jakarta is topped with living trees and a green roof

The new Aedas-designed Unilever HQ in Jakarta references Indonesia's traditional villages and creates a strong sense of community. The architects incorporated three main elements–community, diversity and nature–into the design and focused on facilitating collaboration while maintaining privacy. The new building sits in the BSD Green Office Park, Indonesia's first green office campus masterplanned by Aedas. It houses the company's four separate offices in Jakarta under one roof and combines...

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Major climate science denial group admits to using false temperature data

Though 97 percent of leading scientists agree that climate change is a very real threat — one that needs to be addressed immediately, there are factions that refuse to believe the mounting data on Earth’s rising surface temperatures. In fact, some groups have gone as far as to fabricate information in an effort to persuade readers to their side. This is exactly what climate science denying group the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) recently admitted to doing. On August...

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Nomadic teahouse made with origami embodies Japanese minimalist beauty

Origami isn’t just beautiful—it can also be useful in architectural design. Katagiri Architecture + Design shows us how with Shi-An, a nomadic teahouse built with hundred of pieces of folded paper without the need for any glue. The minimalist and temporary structure embodies a Japanese sense of beauty and appreciation of the concept of transience. Winner of the RTFA 2017 Awards, Shi-An was constructed for the Japanese Culture EXPO 2016 at the Daidokoro in Nijo-Jo Castle in Kyoto,...

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Singapore Night Festival dazzles crowds with 13 stunning light installations

The Singapore Night Festival is back and it’s pulling out all the stops for its 10th anniversary. Attracting crowds of over 500,000, the annual light festival bonanza transforms the city into a carnival of arts and culture with family-friendly activities, interactive installations, and pop-up eateries across two weekends from August 18 to August 26. Created to follow this year’s theme of “Ten Magical Years,” the iconic Night Lights exhibition brings to life 13 Instagrammable light installations. The...

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Friday, August 18, 2017

South Korea is building a $10 billion agriculture city in Egypt

Within six months, an area of 300,000 feddans (non-metric unit) in Egypt will be transformed into an integrated agriculture city by South Korea. The $10 billion deal was signed on Tuesday by Egypt and Korea-Arab Society (KAS). The project will feature 50,000 smart greenhouses in addition to a number of seawater desalination and solar power plants.   Arab Finance reports that the protocol was signed by the General Authority for Reconstruction Projects and Agricultural Development, an affiliate...

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Germany is electrifying part of the autobahn to cut freight emissions

Semi trucks are massive energy hogs - that's why Germany is helping change that with electric highways. We rely on trucks to get all of the goods we need from one place to another, but all of those semi trucks spew a lot of pollution - at least 12.5 percent of all emissions in the US. So Siemens and the Germany state of Hesse teamed up to create a 10km stretch of eHighway on the autobahn, where trucks can connect overhead electric cables while driving on the road, and move back to diesel power when...

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White House kills ban on bottled water at National Parks

Photos by National Park Service/Flickr

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Scientists harness tobacco plants to produce polio vaccine

After all of the poor health outcomes caused by tobacco over centuries, it's about time that the plant starts doing some good for a change. Scientists in the United Kingdom have developed a technique to infect relatives of the tobacco plant with a virus which contains the genetic material of polio in order to produce leaves from which a polio vaccine could be extracted. This procedure is affordable, straightforward, and efficient and may be

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Woven bamboo pavilion offers shelter to passion fruit farmers in China

Amazing projects like Ibuku's Green Village in Bali, and Tokyo pavilion by Vo Trong Nghia demonstrate the strength and malleability of bamboo. Students and researchers from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have also recognized its limitless potentials as a great sustainable alternative to conventional building materials. After completing a glowing pavilion in their hometown, they designed another innovative bamboo structure– this time in China– using traditional weaving techniques and digital...

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Compact OffGridBox provides clean drinking water and power where it's needed most

An Italian company has developed a compact solution for communities that lack access to clean drinking water and electricity - the OffGridBox. Measuring 6x6x6 feet, the container box features everything necessary to generate, convert and store solar energy, as well as collect, treat and distribute clean drinking water. But the system does have drawbacks - including a $15,000 price point that's hard to justify in certain corners of the world. Read on to learn how the founders are trying to make their...

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Huge circular windows flood Melbourne's Cirqua Apartments with natural light

Huge circular windows flood the interior of this apartment block in Melbourne with natural light. BKK Architects designed the Cirqua Apartments as a staggered volume that references the region's historical housing type and reinterprets it in a modern way. The block occupies a steeply sloping site in a residential neighborhood in Melbourne. Its exterior is dominated by huge porthole windows that span almost the full height of the six cubes. The openings bring natural light into the interior and...

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Woman finds lost engagement ring rooted to a carrot - 13 years later

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Subterranean Oxygen Park is a breath of fresh air in the Qatari desert

A “green lung” in Qatar’s desert landscape is helping people stay healthy and active, and reconnecting them to nature. Erik Behrens and James Haig Streeter of AECOM recently completed Oxygen Park, a unique public space in Doha’s Education City. Built to promote exercise and social gatherings, Oxygen Park is partly buried underground and features undulating, organic forms masses inspired by the desert’s wind-eroded rocks and landscapes. Oxygen Park derives its name from the...

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Cozy charred timber box adds a new social heart to Dublin home

A tiny new addition has made a big impact on a terraced home in North Dublin. Stephen Kavanagh Architects designed Copeland Grove, a sun-soaked home refurbishment and extension that connects to an existing garden. Formerly a leaky kitchen extension, the new timber-and-glass structure provides transformative panoramic views and greatly increases thermal comfort. Lighting was key in the design of the 24-square-meter timber extension. Full-height glazing and a skylight increase solar...

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Largest-ever modular Gomos system project to be completed in just a few months

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Scientists just created green solar cells - and they're working on white, red and additional colors

Solar energy may provide power to approximately 5.7 million homes in the United States, but its application could still be more widespread. The issue is, many find the blue-black photovoltaics to be unsightly. Fortunately, this may no longer be a problem as researchers in The Netherlands have developed a process for making conventional solar panels bright green, and are in the process of developing other colors. By making the panels more appealing, more people and businesses are likely to invest...

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New refrigerator camera takes aim at food waste

We know food waste is an issue, but often it's all too easy to forget about that bag of lettuce in the back of your refrigerator until it rots. It turns out 40 percent of the salad British families buy each year ends up in the trash - but a new refrigerator camera could help slash that food waste. The Smarter FridgeCam helps people monitor expiration dates and even suggests recipes - for far less than the price of a smart refrigerator. Related:

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Rooftop farms in Gaza provide lifeline to the community

Meeting even basic needs in Gaza can be a challenge for the nearly 2 million people that live in the territory's 141 square miles. Under the Israeli blockade, which prevents vital supplies from reaching Gaza and inhibits international trade, the Palestinians of Gaza rely on resilience and innovation to survive with the resources they have. Squeezed out of arable land, many Palestinians are farming upwards, on the rooftops of the dense urban Mediterranean territory.

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6 Surprising uses for garlic you probably didnt know about

It's garlic harvesting season, and those glorious, aromatic bulbs will be adorning farmer's market stalls everywhere. Garlic isn't just good for flavoring bread and warding off vampires: it has many great uses for your health, as well as around your home and garden. Read on to find out some of its more surprising uses, and develop even greater love for this fine and fragrant bulb.       Topical Treatment for Cold Sores and Acne   Organic Pesticide for House and...

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You can build one of these tiny backyard offices in less a week for under $7000

Austin-based Sett Studio designs tiny offices that take conventional workspaces to task. These micro-offices can be used for a variety of applications and offer a flexible solution for an affordable price. The firm's newest design, named NOVI, is a compact DIY concept perfect for those looking for a mobile outdoor workspace. As the tiny living concept is gaining in popularity, an increasing number of people are looking into more flexible office spaces that bring them closer to nature. This year,...

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Revolutionary glass building blocks generate their own solar energy

There's a new building block in town, and it generates its own clean energy. Researchers from Exeter University developed revolutionary new glass blocks that are embedded with small solar cells. Not only do the blocks generate energy, but they also provide thermal insulation and allow natural light to enter buildings. Called Solar Squared, the blocks are embedded with an array of optical elements that focus sunlight on tiny solar cells - during the manufacture process. The design ensures...

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Prototype 9 is a retro electric roadster with the Nissan Leaf's heart

Infiniti is bringing us back to the 1940s with its Prototype 9 roadster, which is going to debut this month at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. On the outside the Prototype 9 is a sexy retro concept, but under the skin it's all about the future, since it's powered by the next-generation Nissan Leaf's electric powertrain.

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The devastating reason Mumbai dogs are turning blue

Lately, blue stray dogs have been spotted running around Navi Mumbai, India, and it isn't because someone got a little too liberal with the hair dye. Inadequate waste treatment at a local river has allowed dye to leach into the water, turning dogs who wade in to turn bright blue. To add to the concern, the pollution is likely harming fish and birds who rely on the water resource.

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LEED-seeking illumina i3 campus lets workers work anywhere

San Diego’s new BioMed Realty i3 campus is raising the bar for corporate research parks everywhere. Perkins+Will recently designed the iconic science and research campus that’s on track for LEED Platinum certification and exemplifies the “work anywhere” culture. Filled with natural light and topped with green roofs, this environmentally progressive design features a wide variety of energy saving measures and reduces energy and water use by 30 and 20 percent. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWoSGnm6C0c Located...

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Various Architects turn an industrial Oslo building into contemporary offices

A historic building in Oslo’s locomotive industrial zone has been transformed into contemporary offices filled with natural light. This adaptive reuse project, called Lokomotivstallen, has been praised as a positive example of recycling and historical restoration in the city. Designed by Various Architects, the modern offices house the rail-based intermodal company CargoNet. The 3,000-square-foot building has a peculiar rectangular footprint that’s much longer than it is wide with...

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Historic Amsterdam park gets new life with a funky climbing "blob"

Related: Basurama transforms landfill trash into playgrounds in Taipei + Carve Photography by Marleen Beek via Carve Carve, Beatrix Park Amsterdam, urban parks, urban design, green space amsterdam, landscape architecture, park design, park landscape, playground design

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Elephants rescue 600 people from floods in Nepal

    Due to heavy rains in Kathmandu, India, at least 15 people have been killed and 2.3 million displaced in just the past few days. Fortunately for approximately 600 foreigners who were visiting Sauraha, no additional lives were lost after the nearby Rapti River overflowed its banks. This is because elephants at the Chitwan National Park transported the tourists to safety.   https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera/videos/10155908311438690/?ref=notif&notif_t=notify_me_page&notif_id=1502737875516262 Said...

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Montana judge stops massive coal mine expansion, citing climate impact

In another strike against coal, a federal judge just shut down plans for a large coal mine expansion in Montana, saying that US officials had exaggerated the economic benefits of the mine while downplaying the impact it would have on the environment. Signal Peak Energy wanted to expand the Bull Mountain coal mine by 28-square kilometers (11-square miles) and 159-metric tons (176-million tons). U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy blocked the proposal, ruling that approving such a request should...

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Fixing Earth's ozone layer has other surprising benefits, new study shows

As climate change steadily advances while global leadership moves ever so slowly towards taking action, it can difficult to have faith in international solutions to a global environmental problem. However, such international collaboration has a record of success in the Montreal Protocol, an agreement signed nearly thirty years ago by dozens of nations to stop the expansion of a massive hole in the ozone layer. Today, the hole in the ozone layer has shrunk as the United States and other signatories...

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Swiss grocery store chain will be the first to sell insect burgers

Would you eat a burger made of mealworms? Coop, the second-largest supermarket chain in Switzerland, will start selling food made with insects after food laws changed in May. No other European country has yet authorized sales of insect-based food, making Switzerland the first. Coop will sell insect burgers and balls from Switzerland-based startup Essento. Related:

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Spectacular 'Dome of Visions' greenhouse pushes the envelope for wood construction

Finnish wood company Metsä Wood is known for pushing the envelope when it comes to building with wood. Their latest dome experiment, the largest one to date, relies of the company's innovative structural use of laminated veneer lumber as a sustainable alternative to commonly used building materials. The structure, named Dome of Visions, was designed by Atelier Kristoffer Tejlgaard. The Dome of Visions 3.0 is the third project in a series of experiments that explore the idea of creating...

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South Australia to build world's biggest single-tower solar thermal plant

South Australia is going big again -- as in world-beating big. Last month the state government signed a deal with Tesla to build the world's largest lithium-ion battery storage facility. Now State Premier Jay Weatherill has announced plans to construct the world's biggest single-tower solar thermal plant in Port Augusta -- the 150 megawatt Aurora Solar Energy Project.  

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Thomas Heatherwick's London Garden Bridge officially scrapped

Plans to build Thomas Heatherwick's controversial Garden Bridge in London have been officially scrapped. The Garden Bridge Trust, charity that was to build and run the bridge, just announced the end of the project due to the lack of support by London mayor Sadiq Khan. The main reason behind this, according to mayor Khan's earlier statement, was the project's spiraling construction and maintenance costs. A financial inquiry into the Garden Bridge project found that the initial estimated costs escalated...

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Global ocean circulation may be slowing down due to Arctic ice loss

Humanity is entering a phase of grave uncertainty as rising temperatures wreck havoc on our planet. Researchers from Yale University and the University of Southhampton have found evidence that Arctic ice loss may be having a negative impact on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) study published recently in Nature A recent study published in Nature outlines research by a team of Yale University and University of Southhampton scientists. The team found evidence that Arctic...

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Luxury Tree Villa communes with breathtaking nature in India

A picture-perfect getaway roosts in the treetops of west India. Architecture BRIO completed the Tree Villa, a two-story luxury getaway on the cliff of a 160-acre “treesort.” Set within the rich river landscape of Tala near the Kuda caves, the treehouse-like glass dwelling offers an immersive experience within a forested tropical setting. Architecture BRIO built the Tree Villa around existing mature trees, which grow up and through the roof, deck, and fencing, and give the structure...

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TSEH transforms 14 shipping containers into a cozy and modern Kiev cafe

Unit Cafe’s interiors are so cozy and modern it’s easy to forget that it’s built inside shipping containers. TSEH Arhitectural Group transformed 14 clunky shipping containers into Unit Cafe, a light-filled contemporary cafeteria and meeting space for the IT school 'Unit Factory' in Kiev, Ukraine. The 275-square-meter Unit Cafe doesn't disguise its industrial roots. The corrugated texture of the stacked shipping containers is left exposed with the lower containers and the vertically...

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Staggered volumes help make Portland's Slate building an energy-efficient marvel

Oregon's new mixed-use development, known as Slate, looks like a shifting stack of volumes which reflects the vibrancy and complexity of the neighborhood. The development, designed by Works Progress Architecture for co-developers Urban Development Partners and Beam Development, has earned the LEED Gold certification as an energy-efficient complex that takes the curtain-wall system to the next level. The 10-story development has six floors of apartment units, up to four floors of co-working office...

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Bill Gates gives away $4.6 billion worth of Microsoft shares

Time and time again, Bill Gates has proven himself to be quite the philanthropist. Now, he’s affirming his charitable nature by reducing his stake in the Microsoft company to just 1.3 percent (compared to 24 percent in 1996). Gates is doing this by donating 64 million shares of Microsoft, which is worth a total of $4.6 billion. Bloomberg reports that the donation is the biggest since he gave away $16 billion worth in 1999 and $5.1 billion of shares in 2000. The news was revealed...

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San Diegans could get $20,000 off price of electric car

Elon Musk might have just ushered in the era of affordable electric vehicles with the first Tesla Model 3 cars rolling off the production line, but south of the Fremont factory in San Diego there is another great deal going on. Starting this month and running through the end of September, San Diego Gas & Electric customers can take advantage of a $10,000 discount off the purchase of a 2017 Nissan Leaf or a 2017 BMW i3. When the state of California's $2,500 EV rebate and the $7,500 federal...

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'Trump Forest' plants trees to offset president's climate ignorance

American president Donald Trump is notorious for his ignorance on climate change. So instead of sitting by while his administration harmed the planet, a British climate scientist, American PhD candidate, and French/New Zealand sustainable hat company founder decided to take action. They started Trump Forest to encourage people to plant trees, and have seen a huge response: so far 130,999 trees have been pledged from people around the world. Related: + Trump Forest Via the BBC Images...

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Video of rare all-white moose in Sweden

The rare appearance of a white moose is being celebrated by animal enthusiasts worldwide, as the majestic animal is estimated to be one of just 100 living in Sweden. Hans Nilsson, who has been tracking the elusive creature for three years, captured the footage on August 11 in the province of Varmland. As soon as it was uploaded, the video went viral. https://youtu.be/8uZNzMj2Qx8 The BBC reports that the white moose is not albino but lacks color due to a genetic mutation. True albino...

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Airy Costa Rica home enjoys incredible views of the ocean and jungle

This gorgeous residence in Costa Rica occupies a unique location near Santa Teresa Beach in Costa Rica, where the jungle meets the Pacific Ocean. Architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe designed the Ocean Eye House as an airy residence that offers stunning views of its natural surroundings and supports an outdoor lifestyle. The house, listed for the WAN House of the Year 2017, rests against the back of a steep hill. It combines closed, private spaces and lightweight, open areas that allow the owners to...

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Kenyan activists are using human poop to make affordable cooking fuel

In Kenya, Africa, where resources are scarce and nearly half of the population lives below the poverty line, dried poop briquettes are providing a clean cooking solution to many families. Such has been made possible by Nakuru Water and Sanitation Services Company, which takes in truckloads of sewage from septic systems and pit latrines and transforms the waste into safe, economical briquettes. Not only do the briquettes burn cleaner and longer than coal, they are also odor-free. https://youtu.be/M7P3t1Z2iKg Ordinarily,...

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Mexico's gorgeous Sunset Chapel looks like a gigantic boulder

Through several contrasting features, this striking chapel in Acapulco, Mexico, embodies both the feeling of hope and sadness. Mexico City-based Bunker Arquitectura constructed the Sunset Chapel on top of a hill and gave it an appearance of a huge boulder that blends into the natural environment of the site. The chapel provides view of the bay and combines contrasting materials–glass and concrete–to reflect the duality of the experience the building aims to provide. By embodying both...

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People in Denmark are earning up to $1,530 by parking their electric cars

What if you could get cash just by parking your electric car? Vehicle owners in Denmark have been able to bring in around 1,300 Euros, or around $1,530 a year by feeding excess power back into the grid. Nissan Motor Company conducted trials in the country with Italy's utility company Enel SpA to show how EV batteries could help balance supply and demand. Related:

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Restorative Healing Gardens take over a concrete garage rooftop in L.A.

A healing green landscape has blossomed in the place of a former concrete plaza in Los Angeles. Local firm AHBE Landscape Architects transformed a concrete site atop a multi-level garage into the new Healing Gardens for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The unique, green roof-inspired system features four distinct gardens that promote healing, health, and well being for patients, hospital staff, and visitors. Since the site was located atop a building, AHBE had to develop a multi-layered...

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Breathable skin to wrap around stunning light-filled Book City in Shenzhen

Arts and culture aren’t thought of as Shenzhen’s strong suits, but the manufacturing megacity is making quick work to change its image. As part of the Chinese city’s movement to embrace creative and cultural industries, local architecture firm Atelier Global was announced the winner of a design competition for the Shenzhen Book City, a mixed-use development in the heart of the Long Hua arts district. The winning design features a massive modern complex punctuated with greenery and wrapped in...

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Renzo Piano embeds modern art gallery with 'winged' roof into French vineyard

Related: Italy’s Green-Roofed Antinori Winery is Topped With a Vineyard! Swedish architect surprises mum with dazzling corrugated aluminum home + Renzo Piano Building Workshop Via Dezeen

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IKEA plans to cut food waste in half by 2020 heres how

You now have one more reason to love IKEA. By 2020, the Swedish company aims to cut its food waste at its stores — both in restaurants and in smaller bistros — by 50 percent. To accomplish this, employees will use digital scales to record the type and weight of food sent to the bin. In turn, they will learn the cost of the discarded food and its carbon footprint. Over time, the data will help the company make changes. The new food waste system was actually launched in 2015 and...

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Undergrad student leads scientists to discover nearly 100 unknown volcanoes - in Antarctica

There's a new contender for Earth's biggest volcanic region: Antarctica. Researchers found 91 volcanoes previously unknown to humans, and the volcanoes are massive, ranging in height from around 328 to 12,631 feet. They were tipped off to the cluster of volcanoes thanks to a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Edinburgh. Third-year student Max Van Wyk de Vries analyzed radar mapping data of the continent, and proposed a study to the university. Scientists were then able...

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Chinese researchers develop flexible salt-powered batteries

As the world rushes to transition to a new energy economy, researchers are uncovering novel, and potentially widely applicable, methods for harvesting energy from mundane, everyday sources. A research team in China has created a new battery that could be safely used in wearable or implantable devices, thanks to its use of salt-based electrolytes.

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Solar-powered Tesla Tiny House hits the road in Australia

Tesla's taking to the streets to demonstrate their clean technology. A Model X is pulling around a tiny house showcasing a solar system and Powerwall, giving the curious a way to check out the renewable tech in action. Their Tiny House is serving as a mobile design studio in major Australian cities. Related:

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Artist embroiders incredibly lifelike insects using boldly colored thread

Related: Raku Inoue crafts delicate insect sculptures from colorful flowers + Yumi Okita Via This is Colossal Yumi Okita, moth sculptures, fabric sculptures, miniature sculptures, butterfly art, moth art, textile moth art, embroidered moths, embroidery art, diy art, etsy artists, intricate moth art, animal scupltures,

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How the upcoming solar eclipse will affect 7 million homes and businesses

On August 21, a total solar eclipse will block sunlight from reaching parts of the Earth for an estimated three hours. As a result, at least 7 million U.S. homes and businesses will be directly affected. While the event has stirred up concern, there’s no reason to be nervous as the country’s electric grid and skilled operators are well-prepared.   A total solar eclipse is a rare phenomenon which occurs when the moon passes directly between the Earth and the sun. Though it will...

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Stunning home in India blends into the earth with segmented green roofs

Related: Massive stone walls rotate to bring natural light inside this extraordinary Indian home + MISA ARCHITECTS Photography by Zurich Shah MISA ARCHITECTS, Outhouse, Vansajada, India, bamboo curtains, indian architecture, home design, green home design,

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Drones are planting an entire forest from the sky

When we think of drones, most of us picture the selfie-taking, novelty video-making robots buzzing annoying around tourist spots. But for one group of villagers in Myanmar, drones are providing a much more important service. A local startup is using drones to replant an entire forest from the sky.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcJ7vLwtSIM Restoring a damaged ecosystem is time-consuming and difficult work that can take years to complete. Villagers in the Irrawaddy River delta...

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Inspiring urban farm teaches kids how to grow their own organic food

A tree may grow in Brooklyn, but an amazing urban farm flourishes on Governors Island. An inspiring GrowNYC initiative is teaching inner city kids how to plant, water, harvest, and cook pesticide-free fruits, herbs, and vegetables. Located on Governors Island just a quick ferry ride from lower Manhattan, the Teaching Garden is a 21,000-square-foot urban farm that offers free educational field trips to NYC students—many of whom have never seen how food is grown. Now in its fourth season,...

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Floating Cloud lamp adds levitating magic to any room

Take your home to new atmospheric levels with this incredible floating cloud lamp. Designed by Richard Clarkson Studio and Crealev, Floating Cloud is a magnetically levitating ambient lamp that adds a magical touch to any room it hovers in. The designers just announced a limited production run of these unique and fluffy lamps—read on for more details and to see the cloud come alive. Floating Cloud is the latest iteration of an ongoing collaboration between Richard Clarkson Studio’s...

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Clever bath vanity design helps give special needs child more independence

Related: Foldschool: DIY Origami-Style Cardboard Furniture for Kids + Strasser Woodworks Strasser Bath Vanity, special needs furniture, kids furniture, diy bathrooms, Montlake Collection, diy stepstairs, stepstairs for children, diy steps, bathroom for special needs,

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Dutch designer creates a wooden motorcycle powered by algae

An algae-powered wooden motorcycle? The concept isn’t too far out, considering algae has been used to create everything from eco-friendly sneakers to living lamps that absorb CO2. There’s even an entire algae-powered building in Hamburg! Because the use of algae as a fuel is lesser known by the public, Dutch designer Ritsert Mans and scientist Peter Mooij created a wooden motorcycle that uses algae oil for fuel. https://youtu.be/RDeYq2AhQFs The team was interested in showing casing how algae...

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Leonardo DiCaprio launches a new fund to save the lions

Lions are in trouble - there are around 20,000 today, down from 200,000 around 100 years ago. But everyone's favorite eco-warrior, Leonardo DiCaprio, isn't going to sit by while lion populations plummet. His foundation, together with the Wildlife Conservation Network, is starting the Lion Recovery Fund, a nonprofit with a lofty goal: double the amount of lions by 2050. Related: + Lion Recovery Fund + Wildlife Conservation Network + Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Images via

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World's longest mountain bike route could be extended 400 miles

Bicyclists can explore North America from Banff, Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico on the longest mountain bike path in the world. Sprawling around 2,700 miles, the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR), completed by Adventure Cycling Association, could soon have several hundred miles added to it. In honor of the GDMBR's upcoming 20th anniversary, the association is fundraising to improve and extend the landmark trail.

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New Orleans doesn't need a hurricane to be inundated with water

Almost $15 billion went towards flood protections in New Orleans in the aftermath of 2005's Hurricane Katrina. But the city once again battled flooding this week - and a hurricane didn't even hit. Several feet of water covered much of the city's central area as the pump system was overwhelmed. The crisis prompted Governor John Bel Edwards to declare a state of emergency. Related:

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This mini caravan with a telescopic roof is the stuff of off-grid dreams

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Scientists finally know what is causing the underwater 'fairy circles' and it's not good

Have you — like many — been dumbfounded by the mysterious, underwater “fairy circles” which have been found in the Mediterranean and Baltic sea? If so, you’re not alone. Fortunately, scientists finally know what is causing the sea floor phenomena. On a not-so-positive note,  it turns out the “bald patches” devoid of vegetation are actually caused by a foreign species which may put entire ecosystems at risk. In the paper “Fairy Circle Landscapes Under The Sea,” which...

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Worlds largest bike parking garage opens in the Netherlands

Good news for avid cyclist in the Netherlands — which, to be honest, is pretty much everyone. To ensure the eco-friendly way of commuting is as convenient and safe as possible, the country just opened the first phase of what will be the world’s largest bike parking garage. By the end of 2018, the 184,000-square-foot space beneath Utrecht’s central train station will be able to hold 12,500 parked bikes. For years, bicycle enthusiasts have been urging the government to update its...

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Trump's USDA staff told to use 'weather extremes' instead of 'climate change'

United States government workers have been instructed to modify the terminology they use when talking about climate change, now that Donald Trump's at the helm. In emails obtained by The Guardian, US Department of Agriculture staff were told to eschew the term 'climate change' in favor of 'weather extremes.' Center for Biological Diversity attorney Meg Townsend said the information uncovers the president's "active censorship of science in the name of his political agenda." Related:

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Compact floating cabin pops up on water in extreme remote locations

Russian firm BIO-architects recently unveiled their latest modern modular cabin—and this one floats on water. Prefabricated offsite, the DD16 house was dropped on a lake near Moscow and is lightweight and durable enough to float and withstand harsh winter extremes. Designed for remote locations, the off-grid cabin uses solar energy for electricity, draws fresh water from the lake, and uses a composting toilet for waste. https://vimeo.com/192971666 The 16-square-meter DD16 cabin is...

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Swanky laneway house in Melbourne is built of recycled red brick

Austin Maynard Architects continues their valiant fight against the cookie-cutter McMansions of Australia with a beautiful new project built of recycled red brick. Located in Richmond, Melbourne within a laneway, the Brickface is a compact house addition at the end of the existing building’s rear yard. The modern and playful extension includes a garage on the ground level, studio living/guest suite above, and a roof deck. Brickface stands out from its laneway neighbors thanks to its...

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Retractable restaurant addition provides flexible space that adapts to any weather

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The UK will require electric car chargers at all major gas stations

Because electric cars are expected to reach cost parity with vehicles that have internal combustion engines as soon as 2018 (and become less expensive as soon as 2025), governments around the world are introducing new legislation and incentives to keep up with the increasing demand for sustainable modes of transportation. In the UK, for instance, new rules now mandate that all major petrol (gas) stations and motorway services will be required to install electric car charging points. The...

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Fukushima in Japan is surrendering to nature

Nature has come for Fukushima. Six years after a nuclear meltdown resulted in a mass exodus of neighboring residents, the Fukushima prefecture is slowly being engulfed by a sea of green.

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New lithium-ion battery from Japan could double electric vehicle range

Most electric vehicles can't yet travel as far as gas-fueled vehicles on one battery charge, but they could edge much closer thanks to a new lithium-ion battery from Japanese battery technology company GS Yuasa. Their battery could double driving range, and the company plans to start mass producing them in around three years. Related:

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Cameroon student nonprofit recycles plastic bottles into boats

Humanity has a plastic bottle addiction, purchasing one million a minute, and many bottles wind up polluting our oceans. Cameroon-based nonprofit Madiba & Nature is pioneering a creative use for all those bottles: boats. They're fabricating floating canoe-shaped crafts out of empties they collect in an effort to prompt people to think differently about how they consume and dispose of plastic bottles. Related:

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Inexpensive new battery generates power with just a drop of saliva

In addition to aiding digestion, it turns out saliva can also power batteries. Researchers at Binghamton University discovered this while inventing a small, paper-based battery that generates energy when mixed with a drop of saliva. The batteries, which are more like tiny microbial fuel cells, are inexpensive to make and could be used in natural disasters and remote settings where on-demand power is hard (if not impossible) to come by. As a result, access to medical care and screenings may improve...

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Watch the solar eclipse from a private plane AND stay in an amazing Airbnb dome

Related: + Via Uncrate Solar Eclipse Stay

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A color guide to the best plants for dyeing fabric and fibers naturally

People have been dyeing fabric and fibers with plants for thousands of years, and you can too! In fact, chances are that you have plenty of plant material in your garden, refrigerator, and pantry to do just that. Onions, blueberries, and spinach are just a few plants that you can use to create beautiful fabric dyes. Read on for more info! If you've ever dyed fabric at home, chances are you probably used one of the packets you can buy at the pharmacy or local sewing shop. Instead of using...

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Floating, solar-powered 'dragonfly' bridge can sail to new locations

This floating pedestrian bridge, designed as a proposal for Ordos City, can sail along rivers and oceans like a boat. Designer Margot Krasojevic conceived it as a flexible structure that can be folded, stacked and expanded so that it can be moored along quaysides, sailed or permanently positioned on any location. The Ordos government commissioned Krasojevic to design a pedestrian bridge which would cross the Wulanmulun River, located in Ordos city, Kangbashi district Mongolia. The SailBoat...

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Food-starved Syrians are switching meat for mushrooms

Mushrooms are not a common crop in Syria. With government blockades creating food shortages, however, Syrians in embattled rebel strongholds like Douma are increasingly turning to mushrooms as a substitute for meat. As years of drawn-out sieges place meat and other staples of Syrian cuisine beyond reach, The Adala Foundation, a local nonprofit, began brainstorming alternatives. "We turned to cultivating mushrooms because they're a food that has high nutritional value, similar to meat, and...

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Brilliant Tesla solar cell roof rotates to naturally cool proposed desert home in Iran

Tesla appears to be taking aim at revolutionizing homeownership and architects are taking note. Hot on the heels of Tesla’s eagerly awaited solar roof, Tehran-based BMDesign Studios created Alavi House, a home in Isfahan, Iran that’s to be finished with Tesla’s new and seemingly invisible solar cells. Optimized for solar, the Alavi House will produce more energy than it needs and feature a smart and operable double-skin to promote natural heating and cooling of the home. Named after...

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Magical beauty of mushrooms is captured in Jill Bliss stunning arrangements

Flowers aren’t the only kinds of plants deserving of artistic arrangement. Artist and self-proclaimed nature nerd Jill Bliss shows off the magical beauty of mushrooms in her gorgeous temporary fungi arrangements in a series she calls ‘Nature Medleys.’ These stunning compositions show off the diverse texture, types, and colors of fungi in eye-catching detail. Jill Bliss lives, works, and travels the Salish Sea islands of Canada and Washington State where she collects natural objects...

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

UK's first self-driving grocery delivery van hits the streets of Greenwich

Related: The world’s first self-driving grocery store just hit the streets of Shanghai + Oxbotica Via Arstetechnica Oxbotica, Ocado, CargoPod, self-driving grocery delivery, self-driving cars, GATEway program, the Greenwich Automated Transport Environment, green transportation, self driving transportation, autonomous cars, Ocado self driving grocery van, online-only supermarket, autonomous deliveries, driving technology,

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Four Earth-sized planets discovered orbiting the nearest sun-like star

We may be one step closer to finding a suitable “second home” for humans, thanks to research conducted by an international team of astronomers. By observing wobbles in tau Ceti, a sun-like star which is 12 lightyears away, scientists were able to determine that four Earth-sized stars are orbiting it. Two of the planets have masses as low as 1.7 Earth mass (which is rare), while the other two are super-Earths — meaning they could potentially support life.   To monitor the wobbles of the...

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Insane new flying Iron Man suit will be 3D-printed

Hold onto your seats, Marvel fans and tech enthusiasts. Before you know it, a real-life “Iron Man” suit will be on the market — and yes, it can fly. Developed by Richard Browning, the co-founder of start-up company Gravity, the jet engine-powered flying suit was designed to “re-imagine manned flight.” With two engine arm configurations that weigh up to 90 pounds and a temperature threshold of 700°C (1292°F), it is presently one of the most highly-anticipated inventions. The most exciting...

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GM is selling an electric car in China that costs just $5,300

Good news for Chinese consumers. This week, General Motors will start selling a tiny electric car which, after national and local electric vehicle incentives, costs just $5,300. From front to end, the Baojun E100 measures just 63 inches. And, when unleashed and fully charged, the two-seater can reach speeds of 62 miles per hour and travel about 96 miles per hour. The E100, which has been outfitted with a 39-horsepower electric motor, is Baojun’s first electric car. Prices for the...

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Costa Rica eco-resort combines jungle yoga with sustainable design

NALU boutique hotel in Costa Rica is a sustainable jungle retreat for exercise and relaxation. Merging sustainability with local craftsmanship, architecture firm Studio Saxe designed a building as a series of pavilions scattered amongst the trees which offer a sense of privacy to their occupants. The hotel is located in Nosara, a burgeoning tourist destination for health, wellness and surfing. The owners of the hotel, Nomel and Mariya Libid, wanted the design of the new building to reflect this...

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Triangular beachfront home is a dreamy retreat buried in the earth

Related: Renovated 1970s brick beach house in Australia gets new life with an elegant timber screen + William Morgan Architecture + Premier Sotheby's International Realty Via Dwell William Morgan, triangular house, architecture, florida architecture, angular home design, unique architecture, geometric home design, Florida Dune House,

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Rex Tillerson advises diplomats to sidestep questions about the Paris climate deal

US Secretary of state and former Exxon chief Rex Tillerson told diplomats to sidestep questions about whether the US will reconsider its withdrawal from the Paris climate change agreement, according to the Guardian. Last Friday Tillerson sent a cable to embassies that also directs diplomats to tell foreign officials the United States is prepared to help facilitate fossil fuel transactions in other countries - even though pretty much every other nation agrees that climate change represents one of...

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Game of Throne fans are buying and dumping Huskies at a phenomenal rate

After viewing episodes of the highly-anticipated HBO show Game of Thrones, fans have been seeking out and adopting Husky pups in droves. The only problem is, most are ill-equipped to care for the high-spirited dogs. As a result, the lovable canines are being abandoned at a phenomenal rate, according to a report by the San Francisco Gate. Reportedly, a tell-tale sign of Huskies being adopted by fans of the show is that they are oftentimes named after characters. Additionally, a British...

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Vance Tsing Tao Pearl Hill visitor center blends into the landscape with a rolling green roof

undulating roof, echoed with the trend of the mountain Related: Manetti Shrem Museum’s 50,000-square-foot canopy was inspired by the agrarian landscape + Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Via Archdaily Photography by He Lian Vance Tsing Tao Pearl Hill Visitor Center, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, visitor center pearl harbor, wooden buildings, wood building materials, undulating roofs, Chinese architecture, chinese buildings, chinese design,

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Breathtaking bamboo building withstands earthquakes and boasts a zero-carbon footprint

Thailand’s eco-friendly Panyaden International School has added a stunning new sports hall to its campus that’s built entirely of bamboo and stays naturally cool year-round in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Designed by Chiangmai Life Construction, the Bamboo Sports Hall features a modern organic design that draws inspiration from the lotus flower. The large multipurpose facility was built to withstand local natural forces including high-speed winds and earthquakes, and boasts a zero-carbon footprint. Completed...

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BIG unveils Cactus Towers next to a car-free IKEA in Copenhagen

Enormous “Cacti” will soon pop up in the heart of Copenhagen. Architecture firm BIG has unveiled renderings for an eye-catching pair of buildings with a spiny appearance in the city’s Vesterbro district. Created in collaboration with Danish practice Dorte Mandrup Architects, the aptly named Cactus Towers are high-rise residential buildings that will be built next to a new sustainably minded IKEA store. Located next to the waterfront area of Kalvebod Brygge, the 74,000-square-meter...

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

House by the Forest gets a retro remodel that helps it blend into its surroundings

Architecture firm kaa-studio used classical building materials and techniques to reconstruct a simple suburban house in Czech Republic and revamp it as a retro-styled weekend getaway. With its dark and grey-brown facade the House by the Forest blends into its natural surroundings and channels the simplicity of rural living. The architects preserved as much as possible of the original structure and focused on reorganizing its interior to open it up towards the garden and bring natural light in....

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Dutch students 'grow' a biodegradable car made of beet sugar and flax

The next step in environmentally-friendly motoring is here, thanks to a team of students in The Netherlands. Members of the TU/Ecomotive team at the Eindhoven University of Technology successfully created a biodegradable car made out of beet sugar and flax. Weighing just 684 pounds (310 kg), the lightweight, eco-friendly vehicle can travel up to 50 miles (80 km) per hour. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTEuJP5jeqE According to Reuters, the only components not made of bio-based materials...

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Household pets responsible for up to 30% of US meat environmental impact

Just last week, it was revealed that American citizens’ insatiable appetite for meat is resulting in the largest-ever “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico. Now, it’s also been learned that furry family members are just as guilty when it comes to environmental degradation. This is because American cats and dogs rank 5th in global meat consumption, according to a new study. The research was conducted by UCLA professor Gregory Okin who was interested in learning what effect household...

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Rammed-charcoal home extension is a handsome oasis between the trees

Melbourne-based Branch Studio Architects crafted this dark and handsome number hidden away among the trees in Victoria. Built as a house extension with a master suite, the Pavilion Between Trees features rammed-charcoal walls, clean and crisp lines, and a dark earthy palette of complementary materials. Full height glazing opens the interior up to the outdoors and frames view of the forested surroundings. Connected to the main house via a corridor, Pavilion Between Trees is a semi-detached...

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Drone video reveals progress on Heatherwicks tree-covered mountain architecture in Shanghai

Shanghai’s “tree-covered mountains” are coming to life as evidenced in #donotsettle project’s latest video. Filmed with a DJI Mavic Pro drone, architects Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost’s footage shows a sneak peek into the construction progress of the Heatherwick Studio-designed project for M50, the city’s contemporary art district. The six-hectare plot will feature staggered, mountain-like volumes enveloped by 1,000 trees. Par for the course for Shanghai’s futuristic cityscape,...

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Dutch engineers test floating island to combat rising sea levels

As a result of climate change which is propelled by mankind’s unsustainable habits, sea levels are rising and land is becoming even more scarce. In The Netherlands, specifically, this is a sobering reality considering two-thirds of the country is situated below sea level. Fortunately, Dutch engineers are already developing solutions, one of the most newsworthy being a “floating mega-island” which is comprised of 87 floating triangles tethered to the ocean floor. https://youtu.be/BYUvegKa1TQ Engineers...

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700 Indian villagers waded through their filthy, dying river and brought it back to life

Don't waste your time, people reportedly told a self-organized group of villagers in South Kerala who wanted to resurrect their once-teeming river. According to local Indian press, years of industrial pollution transformed the Kuttemperoor River into a giant cesspool that produced nothing but disease and devastation. Located in Alappuzha district, the river's width reportedly shrunk from 120 feet to 20 feet, and all traces of aquatic biodiversity vanished. But 700 people facing a chronic drought...

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This Frank Lloyd Wright house on a heart-shaped island could be yours - for a cool $15 million

Island living and a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house? We may have found the perfect property for you. Located on the 11 acres, heart-shaped Petra Island in New York’s Putnam County is a six bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom abode designed by the infamous architect himself. On the market by the luxury real estate concierge Chilton & Chadwick, the property comes with a price tag of $14.92 million. https://youtu.be/wN5bOP865IE Triangle in shape, every part of the territory bears...

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Stunning treehouse retreat in Rwanda sets a new standard for ecotourism

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Tesla Model S reaches record 670 miles on a single charge

The Tesla Model S has set a new record, since the Tesla Owners Italia owners club recently traveled 670 miles in a Model S 100D, on a single charge. The team of five drivers managed to drive the Model S 100D using as little energy as possible to beat a previous record that was set in Belgium in June. The team drove across southern Italy at an average speed of 25 mph without the air conditioning on. Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently estimated that the Model S would be able to drive at least...

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Meet the 9-year-old mobilizing 'an army of 4th graders' to protect national monuments from Trump

Has Donald Trump even been to a National Monument? Who knows, but 9-year-old Robbie Bond has, and he will do anything to protect them from the president and Ministry of Interior Chief Ryan Zinke. In April, Trump issued two executive orders calling for a review of 27 National Monuments protected under the Antiquities Act of 1906 - including the world's largest marine protected area on Earth, Papahānaumokuākea, in Hawaii - Robbie's home state. With help from his parents Michelle and Robin, Robbie...

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Derelict worker's apartment in Amsterdam is unrecognizable after space-saving renovation

Design Studio Deirdre Renniers renovated this derelict 484-square-foot apartment in Amsterdam into a spacious, modern space dominated by natural materials and daylight. The designers gutted the entire interior and introduced space-saving solutions that utilize its every inch. In need of a complete renovation, this apartment in Amsterdam's De Pijp neighborhood had an unpractical layout, housing a small bedroom and living area and a kitchen, with an enclosed toilet in the kitchen area. It remained...

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South Korea's President adopts rescue puppy, saving it from the dog meat trade

For the first time in South Korea’s history, a rescue pup will serve as the country’s “first dog.” This occurred after the country’s newly-elected president, Moon Jae-In, adopted a canine named Tory on Wednesday, July 26. The 4-year-old mixed breed was pulled from a dog meat farm by the group Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE) two yeas ago but has had trouble finding a home due to superstitions against his dark coat. Fortunately, he has finally found a forever home with none other...

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Costa Rica aims to become the first country to ban all single-use plastics

Costa Rica is taking a stand against the plastic waste that is flooding our oceans and clogging up our landfills. The country is poised to become the first in the world to eliminate all single-use plastics. This isn't just a ban on plastic bags or water bottles - using a multi-prong approach, Costa Rica will eliminate plastic forks, lids and even coffee stirrers. And they plant to do this by 2021.

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4 DIY herbal remedies that take the sting out of pesky insect bites

  We share the planet with many different species, and some of them bite or sting us on occasion. Mosquitoes, horse flies, fire ants, bedbugs, spiders, fleas, bees, and wasps can cause nasty reactions with their saliva or venom, leaving us scratching ourselves and swearing rather enthusiastically. Fortunately, there are ways to alleviate this torment with the help of plant allies and a few household ingredients. Read on for DIY recipes to soothe those brutal bites.    

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Hydra-Light lantern doesn't need a batteryjust saltwater

Hail, Hydra...Light? + Hydra-Light [Via Digital Trends]

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Gorgeous solar-powered greenhouse home in Sweden hits the market

Related: Giant greenhouse in Rotterdam doubles as a light-filled family home + Eklund Stockholm New York Via Dwell Images via Eklund Stockholm New York

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Fully-furnished shipping containers form unique prefab hotel in Manchester

Architecture firm Chapman Taylor unveiled images of the recently completed Holiday Inn Express at Manchester’s Trafford City– the first hotel in the North West to be built using a special type of volumetric modular construction based on steel shipping containers. The hotel was built off-site as separate modules and assembled on-site in under a month. The architects worked together with the main contractor, Bowmer & Kirkland, to develop the detailed design of the hotel. They approached...

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Tesla to TRIPLE number of Superchargers by end of 2018

For those who are still giddy over the newly-released Tesla Model 3, prepare for even more good news. By the end of 2018, Tesla will install three times more superchargers — the plug-in electricity pumps required to charge Tesla batteries — around the world. The news was announced during the Model 3’s unveiling but was easily missed due to all the excitement. While debuting the Model 3 At the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California, Musk announced that the company is hoping to achieve...

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Timber house extension with prefab elements immerses owners in Stockholms outdoors

Windows are much more than just panes of glass in Anders Berensson Architects’ latest project in the Stockholm archipelago. The architects recently completed Look Out Lodge, a house extension built of locally sourced materials that functions like a standalone cabin. Custom-made prefabricated windows were added in the second phase of the project and define the areas for sleeping and working, all the while immersing the owner in nature. Clad in timber inside and out, Look Out Lodge...

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Brooks + Scarpa completes forest-like kinetic sculpture ringed with rain gardens

Public art should do more than decorate. Brooks + Scarpa targeted a triple bottom line with their design of the recently completed Gateway Sculpture at Pembroke Pines City Center in southern Florida. Constructed to enhance user experience, the sculpture is made up of four yellow stainless-steel tree columns topped with kinetic canopies that create the effect of dappled light as visitors walk beneath. Environmental and economic sustainability were considered for the project, which is designed for...

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Elon Musk is planning to dig tunnels and build his own Hyperloop

Back in 2013, Elon Musk shared his vision for a futuristic mode of transportation called the hyperloop. Because Musk had no intention of developing the invention, the research he and his team at SpaceX conducted on the form of travel was graciously shared with the public. He said in a conference call, “I don’t have any plan to execute because I must remain focused on SpaceX and Tesla.” Well, it turns out Musk has changed his mind. Last month on Twitter, the Tesla Inc. chief executive officer...

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The Brooklyn Childrens Museums new green roof lets kids explore the wilderness in the middle of the city

Families who visit the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in the summertime will now have a cool new roof terrace to hang out in without getting blasted by the sun. The rooftop terrace has been closed to the public for the past three years, but this weekend, the museum will unveil a space that includes landscaping and a winged canopy that takes center stage. Kids will be able to play outdoors in a safe environment in between checking out the kid-centric exhibits throughout the museum. The...

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Ride the Chair of Death on world's highest cliff drop swing

Picture it: you jump off a cliff edge 360 feet in the air and plummet past the rocky cliff face until the tension catches and you careen across the canyon on the world's craziest swing. If that sounds like your idea of a good time, then you need to check out the Shotover Canyon Swing in New Zealand - the world's highest cliff drop. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYVfduzQjyE Riders hook onto a 650-foot cable before launching off the cliff. As you fall, you can reach speeds up to 90...

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Trippy transforming coffee table illuminates microscopic art

Related: 11 pieces of transforming furniture that work wonders for small spaces + Art is Therapy Via Transformable furniture, art is therapy, Microcromo, 3d furniture, 3d printing, 3d tables, 3d chairs, 3d art, Microscope artistic painting, microscope photography,

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You can own one of six US lighthouses for about $10K heres how

If you’ve ever dreamt of snuggling up in a lighthouse with a cozy book and hot cocoa, now’s your chance. The U.S. federal government is auctioning off six fairy tale-like lighthouses, and the starting prices begin at just $10,000. For potential B&B owners, retired folk or history fans, the opportunity could be a once-in-lifetime sort. Though the government will retain ownership of the “land” under and surrounding each property, successful bidders will be able to delight in restoring,...

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Modular Cylinder House weaves its way through a forest in France

The unique Cylinder House in Lyon, France, takes modular architecture to the next level. Cyril Lancelin, French architect and founder of creative studio Town and Concrete, imagined the house as a large cluster of glass tubes that utilize height differences to create an undulating roof surface and create a space that can grow without disrupting its wooded surroundings. The architects used a system of cylinder juxtaposition to allow future extensions of the house, but also meander around trees to...

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Sustainable Konbit shelter replaces home destroyed by Haiti earthquake

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This Danish school is completely covered with over 12,000 sea green solar panels

The days of unsightly bulky solar arrays are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Now, buildings like the International School Nordhavn in Copenhagen, designed by C.F. Møller, are using putting their solar panels on double duty - producing clean energy, and adding a stunning aesthetic to the design. Related: Solar-powered Colorado school houses a sun-soaked learning environment “The building is both inspired by and deliberately uses the large-scale architecture that occupies...

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Airbnb will let you rent your own off-the-grid Caribbean island

Why settle for a beachfront cabana when you can rent the whole island? For $595 per night, Bird Island in Placencia, Belize, could be yours. The listing comes courtesy of Airbnb, which plies such unique retreats as a treehouse in a 150-year-old oak, a replica of Vincent Van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles, and a "floating" house on Australia Great Barrier Reef. Photos via Airbnb

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LAVA breaks ground on sustainable energy tower in Heidelberg

A dynamic new icon of sustainable energy is rising in Heidelberg, Germany. Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) just broke ground on a new energy storage tower for Stadtwerke Heidelberg (SWH) that will be the Heidelberg’s tallest building and symbolize the city’s transition towards renewables. Designed to replace an existing gas tank, the new tower will be wrapped in a dynamic multi-layered facade made up of “energy loops” to render renewable energy visible to the public. The...

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Raku Inoue crafts delicate insect sculptures from colorful flowers

Even those scared of bugs won’t be able to resist the exquisite beauty of Raku Inoue’s insect sculptures. Crafted from delicate flower petals and leaves, ‘Natura Insects’ is a beautiful series of miniature flower arrangements pieced together to look like stag beetles, butterflies, and other insects. The Montreal-based Japanese artist draws from traditional Japanese arts such as ink painting (“sumi-e”) and flower arrangement (“ikebana”) and gives the art forms a new, modern twist. The...

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Artist carves an intricate forest into an old delivery van

“I try to create images that remind people of the moments when everything seems possible and free,” says Rawlings, “times when climbing a tree, or sitting admiring the way its branches twist and curl means nothing, but means everything.” Related: + Dan Rawlings Via This is Colossal Dan Rawlings, Nature Delivers, art, van art, nature-inspired art, forest art, street sign art, urban art, vehicle art, Lost Eden festival, metal sculpture, art sculpture, metal cutting art, repurposed...

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Antarctica's newest iceberg may destabilize the entire ice shelf

  For eighteen months, scientists and concerned citizens waited for a giant iceberg to break off the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica. On July 12, the highly-anticipated event finally occurred. Because the iceberg, named A68, was predominantly submerged in the water before it detached, the event did not dramatically raise sea levels — phenomena which would propel natural disasters. While this is fortunate, it turns out the iceberg saga isn’t over: the cracks that remain are spreading...

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Top scientist quits EPA, torches Trump administration's environmental neglect

A top senior official at the EPA resigned this week with a scathing letter over aimed at Trump and his anti-environmental agenda. Elizabeth Southerland has been with the EPA for over 30 years,  and in that time she has battled ocean pollution and drinking water contamination, but working under climate deniers Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt is a bridge too far. "Today the environmental field is suffering from the temporary triumph of myth over truth.The truth is there is NO war on coal, there is NO...

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Earths natural resources for 2017 are already in overdraft'

Did you know? Today is Earth Overshoot Day. Unlike Earth Day, however, it’s not an occasion to celebrate. This is because as of August 2, 2017, humans have officially used more natural resources than the Earth can replenish in one year. From now until the beginning of 2018, every natural resource used will be considered unsustainable. The Global Footprint Network can be calculated by dividing the number of ecological resources which are produced annually by humanity’s ecological...

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NASA is hiring a Planetary Protection Officer and it pays six figures

If you grew up loving Men in Black and Independence Day, we may have found the gig for you. NASA is hiring a “planetary protection officer” to defend Earth from alien contamination, and the job even comes with a six-figure salary. The individual chosen for the position will be tasked with ensuring humans in space do not contaminate planets and moons, as well as making sure “alien matter” does not infect Earth. All in all, one can expect to make  $187,000 (£141,000) annually with benefits. The...

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Colorful tent cathedral in French village billows peacefully in the wind

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IKEA is now selling solar panels and home batteries in the UK

+ IKEA Photos by Unsplash and IKEA [Via Endgadget]

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Everyday objects return to their 'roots' by sprouting wooden branches and leaves

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Trump waives dozens of environmental laws to speed construction of his wall

Two weeks ago, an anonymous official revealed that Trump intends to decimate the "crown jewel" of the national refuge system in order to build his border wall. Now, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would disregard dozens of environmental rules in order to rush the wall construction through. Construction could start as soon as January, and workers have already been on site to prepare for the building phase. The government is allowed to waive environmental requirements in...

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Trees to grow on the balconies of Pendas timber high-rise in Toronto

A new kind of “vertical forest” has been envisioned for Toronto where trees would grow on every balcony. Architecture firm Penda teamed up with Canadian company Timber to design the Toronto Tree Tower, an 18-story mixed-use tower covered in greenery and built of cross-laminated timber. The large and modular balconies are staggered to look like branches of a tree and to optimize views for every resident. Designed to appear as a giant tree in the city, the Toronto Tree Tower is covered...

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New light-filled learning center celebrates the food history in one of Denmarks oldest towns

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter just won a competition to design a new cultural center for one of the oldest settlements in Denmark. The winning proposal, called Kornets Hus (“Grain House”), will be an activity-based learning center in Hjørring focused on the importance of grain to Jutland—a region believed to have been populated 10,000 years ago. Kornets Hus will be of a minimalist and modern design built largely from brick and timber that takes inspiration from the region’s diverse landscapes,...

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A garbage patch bigger than Texas was just discovered in the Pacific Ocean

Just a few months ago, scientists found a garbage patch in the Arctic ocean. Now, another pocket of plastics, human trash, and chemical waste has been found in a newly-explored region of the Pacific Ocean. Like it’s cousin the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” it is an environmental burden which shows just how irresponsible humans have become in recent years. The new patch is located between Hawaii and mainland US and was discovered by the Algalita Research Foundation. Charles...

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Stefano Boeri unveils Amatrice Food Village in town devastated by earthquake

Tourists used to flock in droves to the historic town of Amatrice for its famous pasta and scenery—until a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy in August 2016 and reduced the village to rubble. One year later, the town finally has reason to rejoice after the tragic event. Stefano Boeri Architects recently completed the Amatrice Food Village, a new facility built entirely of innovative and low-cost timber construction, which marks a post-earthquake turning point as a new tourist attraction...

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Self-driving cars are hitting Atlanta this September

Atlanta's roads are about to enter the future as driverless cars start hitting the road. Georgia Tech, the City of Atlanta and City Hall jointed together to launch the test that will help open up the city to autonomous traffic. The car will head down a "smart corridor" in Atlanta, guided by a network of Wi-Fi, GPS, sensors and other smart transmitters on September 14. The test run will happen down Atlanta's North Avenue down a mile-and-a-half stretch of carefully managed roadway. Of course,...

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LEGO runs into stumbling blocks on its path to greener bricks

LEGO wants to make everything awesome for the planet. In 2015, the Danish toy-maker pledged to spend $150 million and hire more than than 100 extra staffers to research and develop sustainable alternatives to the petrochemical-based plastics it uses to make its signature building blocks. The goal, the company said then, was to transition to either a bio-based version of acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, its current primary raw material, or a polymer with a lower environmental footprint by 2030. [Via...

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